I tried giving kids (grade 7 & 8) ability to change their password
when we piloted last year. We spent so much time resetting passwords
of kids who "swore" they knew their password, that this year I started
the year with a new system
1) I concatenated a word from a high frequency word list with a radon
two digit number. (i.e. measure87) into a csv file.
I share a copy of the spreadsheet in the teachers Google Apps account
so they can look up passwords too.
It has worked so much better. It also models a halfway secure
password (not perfect I know) to kids. By keeping control of the
password, we could investigate any "cyberbullying" reports the same
way we could open a locker if there were suspicious activity. We make
sure this is very clear with the kids and I do an Internet Safety
Lesson when we give them their account.
It doesn't take long for kids to turn the "shared" feature into a
Mom: "Mom, what are you doing, son"
Son: "Working on a spreadsheet for school"
Son staring at a blank spreadsheet clicking away in the chat window.
2) Another thing we tried this year is to give the students a
username that is "studentXX" where XX is there locker number. We
call this their digital locker and it should only contain school
appropriate materials, the same way your locker should only contain
school appropriate materials.
Our rational for this was that we have kids under 13 and we did not
want to associate their name with an online tool as a way to make sure
there was no personally identifiable information used to 'sign up" the
It was also to make a strong statement that this was not your
"personal" space, but a school related tools for school related
functions. So far so good.
One thing I learned the hard way was that if I deleted a batch of
files (hoping to assign them a new password) that you cannot import
any accounts with the same username for at least 5 days.
I have had a few hiccups with batch imports. But overall has worked well.
On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 1:21 PM, Bjorn Behrendt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Any tips for managing uses passwords in GA. I have imported all the
> students, who now want to set their own passwords. I see the option to
> have the password change box come up for individual students, but I really
> don't want to go into all 500 students and check a box. Is there a way to
> force users to change their passwords in bulk.
> On a similar note; any reccomendations for SSO, or active directory
> Bjorn Behrendt
> Proctor School District
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